Governor Wes Moore Declares October Maryland Horse Month In Tribute To State's Equestrian Legacy
BALTIMORE COUNTY - In a salute to the state's deep-rooted equestrian heritage, Governor Wes Moore has announced the observance of October as Maryland Horse Month.
"Maryland stands out nationally, being the sole state to proudly host both a Triple Crown Race and two international 5-Star events," Governor Moore said. "With an annual economic input of 2.1 billion dollars and boasting more horses per square mile than any other U.S. state, it's evident that Maryland has an enduring passion for horses."
The Maryland Horse Industry Board, in collaboration with industry partners, has planned a series of events encompassing various equestrian attractions, from world-renowned competitions to local showcases. Notable events include:
- The Maryland 5-Star at Fair Hill, an international equestrian contest scheduled from Oct. 19-22 in Elkton.
- The Capital Challenge Horse Show at Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro running Sept. 28-Oct. 8.
- Jim McKay's Maryland Million Horse race at Laurel Park Racetrack on Oct.14.
- The Washington International Horse Show at Prince George's Equestrian Center, from Oct. 23-29.
- Other festivities feature championship finals in jousting, rodeo, and hunter/jumper events, along with the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center's Celebration of the Horse on Oct. 7.
Horse enthusiasts can also visit the new Maryland Horse Library and Education Center on Historic Main Street in Reisterstown. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the center, which serves as an information hub for the industry and includes a fine collection of sporting books, a memorabilia area, a meeting space, interactive kiosks, and rotating exhibits.
"The extensive lineup this October provides an incredible opportunity for residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the world of equestrian arts," Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks said.
For those eager to share their Maryland Horse Month experiences, hashtags like #MDHorse, #MDHorseMonth, and #VisitMaryland are encouraged on social platforms. Detailed information on events and attractions is available on the Maryland Department of Agriculture's website.